It was a good week for Preston Hollow educators. Not only is school back in session, with classrooms filled with a new crop of students to get to know, but two local teachers received Service Above Self Awards, complete with cash prizes, from the Rotary Club of Dallas.
Shelley Johnson, who teaches fourth- though sixth-graders at George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy, earned the top prize, $3,500. Second place went to Brian Smith, the band director at Hillcrest High School, which came with $3,000.
“Our Service Above Self Teacher Awards give us an opportunity to publicly applaud our teachers and reward those who have demonstrated excellence on their profession by ‘going the extra mile,’” says Rotary Club President Michel Perry. “Rotarians are committed to ‘service above self’ and we share that commitment with these dedicated teachers.”
Award winners are nominated by their peers at Dallas ISD for going above and beyond for their students, and the community at large. Applications are judged by a wide panel that includes former DISD educators, students, PTA members and civic leaders. Applications are due in April for anyone considering nominating a favorite teacher.
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